Alun Wyn Jones out for 'initial' six weeks

Alun Wyn Jones could yet tour with the British and Irish Lions after it was revealed the Wales captain would undergo an "initial" six-week period of rehabilitation on a shoulder injury.

Jones is among the favourites to skipper the Lions in New Zealand in June and July, but was forced off after 51 minutes of Wales' 20-18 Six Nations defeat to France in Paris on Saturday.

The injury prompted fears the Ospreys lock could be ruled out of the tour, but a statement from the Welsh region on Wednesday indicated he would not require surgery.

"Alun Wyn suffered a shoulder injury in the France v Wales RBS 6 Nations match at the weekend and, following scans and orthopaedic consultation, he will undergo an initial six-week period of rehabilitation," it read.

Jones' lay-off does mean he will miss the Ospreys' European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Stade Francais a week on Sunday, as well as the potential semi-final.

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